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IrelandCoillte to redesign nine Dublin forests for recreational uses and to support biodiversity

07:25  21 june  2019
07:25  21 june  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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Nine commercial forests around Dublin , operated by the forestry business Coillte , are to be redesignated for recreational use . Under the plan, Coillte Nature will deliver new woodlands across the country with aim of delivering species diversity, biodiversity while also acting as a carbon sink.

Nine commercial forests in the Dublin Mountains will be converted to primarily recreational and biodiversity use under the first project for Coillte The nine forests – Ticknock, Barnaslignan, Carrigolligan, Kilmashogue, Ballyedmonduff, Massey’s Wood, Hell Fire, Cruagh and Tibradden – are

Coillte to redesign nine Dublin forests for recreational uses and to support biodiversity © Shutterstock AndrzejL File photo

NINE COMMERCIAL FORESTS in Dublin are to be redesigned in favour of recreational and biodiversity uses, the state-sponsored forestry company Coillte announced.

It comes following the launch of Coillte Nature – a multi-million euro project designed to deliver recreational projects across the country.

It will target the delivery of new woodlands, facilitating species diversity, biodiversity and carbon sequestration as part of a national forestry programme.

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More than 600,000 people visit the nine Dublin forests, currently used for timber stock, making them some of the most visited outdoor spaces in the country.

The nine forests selected for the first phase of the initiative are: Ticknock, Barnaslignan, Carrigolligan, Kilmashogue, Ballyedmonduff, Massey’s Wood, Hell Fire, Cruagh, and Tibradden.

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State-owned forestry company Coillte has deferred a large tree-felling operation in Ticknock Forest in the Dublin mountains because of the impact it would have on the popular recreation spot. The company had planned to clear fell 11 hectares of mature Sitka Spruce in its forest at Tiknock this year.

“Coillte’s focus is to drive a strong commercial performance and at the same time provide a valuable environmental and social dividend to society at large,” chair of Coillte, Bernie Gray said.

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“Coillte is ideally positioned to lead the creation of new woodlands for carbon sequestration and to develop recreational forestry for the enjoyment and wellbeing of the public.

“The Dublin mountains conversion project, within Coillte Nature, which we are announcing today is an excellent example of the kind of collaboration and innovation which Coillte can deliver for the benefit of the environment and our citizens,” she added.

Wildlife

The Irish Wildlife Trust welcomed the announcement as a “very significant step towards creating large areas of woodland which are permanently devoted to wildlife and recreation”.

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It said just 1% of land is covered in native woodland – one of the lowest in the world.

Coillte to redesign nine Dublin forests for recreational uses and to support biodiversity © Getty Idyllic path in Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland

IWT campaign officer, Pádraic Fogarty said: “We really need big public landowners like Coillte and Bord na Mona to play their part in addressing our biodiversity and climate emergency by transforming their operations towards land restoration and habitat creation.

“In time we’d like to see large areas of their estate solely devoted to nature conservation while areas for commercial production need to be managed under more nature-friendly methods such as ‘continuous cover forestry,” he added.

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